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Bright Filament Eruption

A solar filament extending almost half the Sun's length erupted into space with a large burst of bright plasma (April 28–29, 2015.) 

Both of SOHO’s coronagraph instruments show the coronal mass ejection associated with the eruption. The white circle in the center of the round disk represents the size of the Sun, which is blocked by the occulting disks.  

Solar astronomers around the world had their eyes on this unusually large filament—an unstable strand of plasma suspended by magnetic forces—and were thrilled to see it erupt. 

Credit: SOHO, NASA/ESA.
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Two female researchers (with around 40 published papers between them) recently submitted a paper to PLOS ONE looking at the progression of PhD graduates to postdoc positions in the life sciences.

An anonymous peer reviewer recommended that the paper should include at least one male author "to make sure that the data were interpreted correctly."
Sussex researcher speaks of ‘disbelief’ at comments over paper on gender bias
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Interesting that the first comment on the article is also sexist.  The commenter's sympathies should go to the two authors/scientists/researchers/etc... not the two "ladies".
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MESSENGER's time is almost up. With its impact due in just a few hours, I'm getting a little misty watching this +Science Bulletins at AMNH video of the MESSENGER science team reacting to the orbiter's first images of Mercury in 2011.
 
MESSENGER is scheduled to plunge to its doom today. Its fuel tank empty, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury will end its 4-year mission by crashing into the planet's surface. The impact is expected to happen at 3:26:02 pm EDT.

MESSENGER's first flyby of Mercury in January 2008 was historic. The last time a spacecraft visited—Mariner 10—was in 1975, and it only mapped half the planet. MESSENGER began its mission by sending back a complete picture of Mercury, shedding light on its geological history. Over the next four years, the mission returned much more than images. Its data on the planet's core, magnetic field, composition, and other attributes is helping scientists answer pressing questions about the evolution of the terrestrial planets and even the Solar System itself.

In this documentary from the Bulletins archives, take a step back in time to the beginning of MESSENGER's mission, and watch the science team react as the orbiter's first images of Mercury roll in. 

More about the anticipated impact location here: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=1602 
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What to expect when the MESSENGER spacecraft crashes into Mercury tomorrow—at mission's end, as planned.

Graphic by +Jessica Knedgen. 
The MESSENGER spacecraft is expected to crash into Mercury on April 30. We asked Jim Raines, assistant research scientist and MESSENGER team member, to help quantify the crash.
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Penguins accelerate snowmelt on their rocky breeding sites with accumulations of poo. 
A citizen science project has found that penguins use their faeces to melt rocky breeding sites in order to lay their eggs.
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What are Astronomy Allies?

A new program is combating harassment by providing a group of easily identifiable "safe people” at astronomy conferences. 
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To find new water bug species, entomologists first elude disease, snakes, crocodiles, landslides, and corrupt police. 
By Kevin Fitzgerald Two new insect species have been added to the 900,000+ species that have previously been described: Ambrysus cayo, which was found in streams in western Belize, and Procryphocri...
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Iowa declares a statewide emergency over #H5N2 avian influenza; 21 farms and 16 million chickens are affected. 
The Iowa governor's emergency declaration activates response plans statewide and in affected counties with the aim of authorizing use of all state resources to help monitor, contain, and eliminate the virus.
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Even the 404 page on +NASA's website is stellar.
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Mighty little satellite.
With a clear sky at dusk and a view of the horizon, you can see the little point of light it will impact in a few hours.
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My Dutch husband claims that the closest English translation of "voorwerpjes"—these gas blobs—is "thingies." 
Voorwerpjes, tendrils of gas that orbit galaxies, continue to glow tens of thousands of years after being blasted with ultraviolet radiation.
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Enjoy MESSENGER'S views while you still can. The spacecraft—the first to orbit Mercury—is expected to impact the planet on April 30th, with more than 1,000 images still on its recorder, never to be seen.
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